Tuition Fees in the USA

How much you have to pay can vary based on many factors. The total cost for attendance at U.S. colleges and universities can range from $12000 to $65000 per year.

With the right amount of planning and research, pursuing a U.S higher education can be made remarkably affordable by searching and applying for the various types of scholarships available.

Applications for financial aid can go together, before or after your applications for admission. So evaluating your finances should be one of the first things you do. You need to decide what’s best for your educational and career goals and what you are willing to spend.

Rough Estimation of tuition fees at universities in the U.S.
Approximate ranges of expenses for the students per year:

  • Tuition Fee: $12000-$60000
  • Health Insurance: $500-$1000
  • Room and Board: $4000-$12000
  • Books and Supplies: $500-$1000
  • Personal Expenses: $1200-$3000
  • Travel to the United States: $1000

When transport and other living expenses are focused in, College Board estimate the following annual budgets for undergraduate students in 2018/2019:

  • $17,930(community college)
  • $25,890(in-state students at a four-year public college)
  • $41,950(out-of-state students at a four-year public college)
  • $52,500(private non-profit four-year college)

Undergraduate Tuition Fees:

Costs of undergraduate degrees in America vary widely between institutions, and can be quite high for international students. The fees below reflect the average cost of tuition fees per year for undergraduate international students studying in the USA.

On an average the undergraduate tuition fee can be around $25,000 per year in Public Universities and $34,740 per year in Private Universities.

For a cheaper alternative, average tuition costs at a community college are calculated at around USD 2,527 per year.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Again, estimated tuition costs vary immensely based on a number of different factors. Professional programs such as the MBA, MD will however typically be more expensive than a master’s or a PhD program. The figures below reflect the average cost of postgraduate fees per year for international students at both public and private universities.

The tuition fees for postgraduate or master degree for international student’s tuition fees starts from $20,000-$35,000 per year at Public Universities and $40,000 per year at private universities.

Similarly, doctoral degree ranges somewhere between $28,000-$40,000 per year

Of course, besides tuition fees you'll also need to consider the costs of living and accommodation fees in the USA which again does vary according to each state, city and your budget for spending.

Scholarship and financial aid in the USA

For international students hoping to study in the US, scholarships can be an invaluable help toward financing your goals. We highly encourage the students to:

Look for special opportunities and financial aid. Every university or college offers a different structure of tuition fees for diversified programs. You can find U.S. higher education institutions offering international students scholarships, in-state tuition benefits, waived application fees and deadlines, and other provisions.

Again, choosing your level of study (community college, undergraduate, graduate, short-term English language) to learn more about financing your options is the way to go.


  • The United States is a large country and the cost of living varies greatly from place to place. You need to assess your funding and what you are able to spend on your education and living expenses. Suburban or rural areas in the South and Midwest of the US generally have the lowest costs of living.
  • The scholarships available and type of award varies between the various institutions. We recommend you to start with the procedure about 8 to 10 months before the intake begins.

Living Costs

When living in a foreign country as a student, it is better to keep balance of your expenditures so that you do not overspend. As with the tuition fees, living costs in the U.S. can vary based on your location. A single student budget in the US comes between US$ 10,000 and US$ 25,000 per academic year (indicative) depending on the city they choose to live. But this largely depends on the type of accommodation and your spending habits.

Why choose Edupark Asia for studying in the USA?

Edupark Asia offers you excellent study options for your higher education in USA no matter whether you want to study Diploma, Bachelor or Master. Here are few reasons why you should choose to study in USA with Edupark Asia.

Shaping outstanding careers

We have already helped shape world class outstanding careers of more than 1000s of students in different countries. You can be assured of the best career advice for your study abroad on day one.

Decade of experience

People at Edupark Asia have years of experience in supporting students for their study abroad and test preparation wishes and have proven track record in education consulting in Nepal.

Professional consultants

Edupark Asia is a team of professional consultants who believe in quality work and top class advising services to students interested in studying abroad for a better future.

Free IELTS Preparation

We offer the best possible Intensive IELTS/PTE Preparation and ensure that you have the required IELTS/PTE score to help you apply for your chosen degree programs in USA.

Zero Processing fees

We do not charge anything for consultation, offer and the visa processes. Our university and visa application process is very transparent which helps you save a lot.

Excellent Support

We provide excellent support for your applications and throughout the process and even after your arrival in Australia which helps you a smooth start of your studies from Day 1.
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